Fifteen years ago in a barren stretch of the Pacific, a cruise ship collided with an iceberg and was lost at sea. More than a decade later, Hideto Yashiro—a ship engineer—died in a fatal car accident. The unlikely connection between these events only comes to light on the luxury liner St. Aphrodite during her maiden voyage.
Aboard it on a much needed vacation, Kogorou Mouri, his daughter Ran, Conan Edogawa, and the Detective Boys enjoy a trip provided by Sonoko Suzuki's family. But their fun is soon cut short when a game of hide-and-seek leads to Sonoko's disappearance. Some time later, the CEO of the Yashiro group, who built the St. Aphrodite, is found stabbed to death and her father missing. While the police's investigation turns to a dead end, Conan closes in on the culprit. Unwilling to be apprehended, the culprit threatens to blow up the St. Aphrodite and sink all her passengers.
As the ship's hull rapidly fills with water, the truth behind the vengeful murders is finally revealed. With no place to escape, Conan and Kogorou must wrestle with the elusive culprit before everyone on board is dragged to the ocean floor.
It's kind of funny how most Detective Conan movies I remember not liking back then end up becoming one of my favorites now. The same can be said for Detective Conan: Strategy Above the Depths, a movie that started off as one of my least favorites and then ending up as one that I really like.
Before I begin, I should at least bring up one of the reasons I didn't like this movie so much. The version that I saw had the most atrocious translation of all the movies. I found out that the reason it's so bad was because the movie was translated from
Japanese to Arabic and then from Arabic to English. This criticism carries on into this review as no other version of this movie is available with better subtitles. It's the only thing keeping me from recommending this movie to other people.
That said, I'm glad that this movie tried to make Kogoro a little more competent than he usually is. It's nice to see him get some action besides Conan. I also liked how the culprit was handled in this movie. We actually got to see him carry out the crime all while trying to keep his innocence. The only thing that I could complain about is Ran's reason to go back and get a special item she forgot, especially given the circumstance she was in at the time. No rational human being would ever do something like that in that situation! Over than that, this movie looks really great. After watching Jolly Roger in the Deep Azure and Requiem of the Detectives, I was relieved to see some kind of quality being put into the art and animation. It was like someone took the art style of early 2000's Conan and made it shine like the top of the Chrysler building. This movie is just so good to look at.
While I wouldn't personally recommend this movie to everybody, I'm glad that I enjoyed it this time. If you can get past the garbage subtitles, then what you will be left with is a very fun movie.